FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2023
Contact: Kris Deutschman, [email protected], 970-670-0193
OREGON’S OWYHEE CANYONLANDS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES: CALLS ON PRESIDENT BIDEN TO DESIGNATE IT A NATIONAL MONUMENT
Durango, CO - Today, Conservation Lands Foundation joined Friends of the Owyhee and the Oregon Natural Desert Association, to launch a campaign to designate the Owyhee Canyonlands in southeastern Oregon as a National Monument.
Below is a statement from Brian Sybert, executive director for the Conservation Lands Foundation:
“Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands are one-of-a-kind and a millions of years in the making, natural phenomena and we’re excited to join local organizations Friends of the Owyhee and Oregon Natural Desert Association to launch this campaign to permanently protect them as a National Monument.
“These canyonlands are a wild, intact area connecting Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada. Only 5% of this geodiversity hotspot is currently protected, making it one of the largest conservation opportunities in the West for President Biden to protect the country’s natural environment and move our nation closer to reaching the goals laid out in the America the Beautiful initiative.
“Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley recently re-introduced Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act (S.1890), a community-driven, Oregon-crafted solution for protecting the most important and threatened places in Oregon’s Owyhee Canyonlands, but we no longer have the luxury of time for Congress to act.
“Once protected by its remoteness, the Owyhee Canyonlands now face threats of development, climate change and inaction. We must act now to secure the landscape's future for generations to come, and continue the momentum of the Biden administration in safeguarding culturally, historically and ecologically important landscapes throughout the country.
“After decades of efforts by our local Friends Grassroots Network members, Oregonians, and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, we are asking President Biden to finish the job and designate the Owyhee Canyonlands a National Monument.”
About Conservation Lands Foundation
Conservation Lands Foundation leads the only national movement of grassroots advocates to protect, restore and expand National Conservation Lands. CLF is headquartered in Durango, Colorado with field offices throughout the West and in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit conservationlands.org.